Associate Professor Vanessa Barrs – Head of Small Animal Medicine
BVSc (hons), PhD MVetClinStud, MANZCVSc (Small Animal), FANZCVSc (Feline), GradCertEd
Registered Feline Medicine Specialist
Head of Small Animal Medicine
Associate Professor Vanessa Barrs is Head of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney and is a registered Specialist in Feline Medicine. Vanessa has directed the busy feline referral service at the Valentine Charlton Cat Centre since 2004 and loves nothing more than helping sick cats get better. She has particular expertise in respiratory and endocrine disease of cats and is an internationally renowned infectious diseases researcher. Her research is focused on infectious pathogens at the human-animal interface, including Aspergillus fungal infections in humans, cats, dogs and birds; parasitic diseases including lungworm and toxoplasmosis and parvoviruses of cats and dogs. Vanessa is President of the International Society of Companion Animal Infectious Diseases and is Scientific Editor for The Veterinary Journal. Vanessa lectures frequently to veterinarians nationally and internationally and has authored over 90 refereed publications and book chapters.
Professor Julia Beatty – Feline Medicine Specialist
BSc (hons), BVetMed PhD FANZCVSc (feline med) GradCertEd (Higher Ed) MRCVS
Professor of Feline Medicine
Julia Beatty’s career has been devoted to improving the health of cats. Jules graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London and worked for the RSPCA before completing a PhD on feline immunodeficiency virus at the University of Glasgow. She is an RCVS registered Specialist in Feline Medicine and is currently Professor of Feline Medicine. She works with a team of residents and interns on the feline medicine service at the Valentine Charlton Cat Centre. In addition to her work in the clinic, Jules heads a team of clinical researchers developing new treatments and prevention strategies for infections and other diseases of our pets. A major goal is to identify cancer-causing viruses with the long term aim of developing vaccines against some cancers for pets. Her group’s research is published widely and she has contributed to many text books.
Dr Lara Boland – BVSc MANZCVS (feline medicine) DipECVIM-CA
Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
Lara graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 and initially worked in feline and general small animal practice in Brisbane and Canberra. She has completed internships in small animal/emergency medicine at the Animal Referral Hospital, Sydney and the University of Bristol, UK. In 2008 she completed Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists membership examinations in feline medicine. Lara commenced an International Cat Care sponsored residency in small animal medicine in 2010 at the University of Bristol. She returned home to Australia in 2013 and completed the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialist examinations in 2015. Lara has always been fascinated by all things feline including endocrine, urinary tract and geriatric diseases of cats.
Dr Joanna Whitney – Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine
Joanna Whitney BSc (vet) BVSc MVetStud MANZCVS (SmAnimMed, ECC)
Following graduation from the University of Sydney Jo worked in general practice in during which time she developed an interest in medicine and critical care. After completing an internship in small animal medicine at UVTHS Jo worked as an anaesthesia registrar allowing her to hone her skills and knowledge in critical care medicine. Jo then returned to UVTHS medicine department to complete a residency in Small Animal Medicine and is currently employed as a Lecturer in this subject. Whilst at the UVTHS Jo has completed a Masters in Veterinary Studies and is a member of the Small Animal Medicine and Emergency & Critical Care Chapters of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She is interested in all areas of internal medicine, particularly infectious disease, haematology and critical illness and is currently undertaking a PhD investigating feline breed susceptibility to infection with environmental fungi.
Dr Christine Griebsch – Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine Dr. med. vet. DECVIM-CA (Small Animal)
Christine graduated at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen in Germany in 2003. She then started an Internship and a Residency of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM-CA) at the Free University Berlin, Germany. During her Residency she finished her doctoral thesis about immune mediated hemolytic anemia in dogs. In 2009 she went to a private practice before returning to Justus-Liebig University in 2011. In 2010 Christine became a specialist of internal Medicine for Small and Companion Animals and since 2012 she is a Diplomate of the European college of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM-CA). She joined Sydney University in April 2013. Her main research interests are hematology and endocrinology. Christine enjoys consulting in all areas of small animal medicine.
Dr Amanda Taylor – Resident in Small Animal Medicine
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS
Amanda grew up in far North Queensland and graduated from University of Queensland in 2007. Since graduation she increased her skills in small animal medicine by completing an internship at a private specialist centre in Brisbane and attaining Membership of the Small Animal Medicine Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She has also worked in several small animal practices around Brisbane. Amanda is passionately interested in all aspects of small animal medicine and is undertaking residency in small animal medicine under the supervision of Dr Peter Bennett and A/Professor Vanessa Barrs.
Dr Jana Leshinsky – Resident in Small Animal Medicine
BVSc MVS (Conservation Medicine) MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine) GradCertVetStud
Resident in Small Animal Medicine
Jana graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008. During her studies she was a veterinary nurse (live-in student) at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney, as well as other private hospitals. Jana has worked in private small animal practice in both Melbourne and Sydney. She has also completed a Master of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine, from Murdoch University. Jana returned to the UVTHS as a post-graduate intern in 2012 in order to develop her skills and knowledge as a small animal veterinarian. After completion of the internship in 2013 she attained Membership of the Small Animal Medicine Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Jana is passionate about all aspects of small animal medicine, with a special interest in gastrointestinal medicine. She is undertaking a residency in small animal medicine under the supervision of Dr Christine Griebsch.
Dr Patrick Byrne – Resident in Small Animal Medicine
Professor Kenneth A Johnson – Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics
MVSc PhD FACVSc Diplomate ACVS and ECVS
Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics
Director of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor Johnson returned to The University of Sydney as a Clinical Professor and Director of Orthopaedics. He has specialist qualifications in surgery as a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a Diplomate of European College of Veterinary Surgery, as well as being a Fellow of Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.
Honorary Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery Max Zuber
Max graduated from Sydney University in 1969 and qualified as specialist animal surgeon, and a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1985. Max has a particular interest in orthopaedics, oncology and nuclear medicine and is a partner at the Gladesville Veterinary Hospital in suburban Sydney.
Dr Chris Tan – Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
BVSc BSc (Vet) FANZCVS Diplomate ECVS
European Specialist Small Animal Surgery
Chris graduated from the University of Sydney in 2000 and worked in general practice in Australia and the UK before commencing a surgical residency at the University of Sydney. He is a fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is involved in the delivery of the undergraduate surgical teaching program as well as supervising the training of surgical residents. Each year, Chris delivers a number of lectures and workshops for veterinarians in practice on a range of topics including orthopaedics, wound healing and wound reconstruction. At present, Chris is completing a PhD in joint kinematics at the Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, UNSW, whilst continuing to practice and teach at the university veterinary teaching hospitals.
Dr Laurencie Brunel – Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
Dr Med Vet, MVSc, Diplomate ECVS
Laurencie graduated from the University of Nantes, France in 2006. She then completed an rotational internship at the University of Maison-Alfort in Paris, followed by a surgical internship at the University of Lyon. In 2008, she moved to Belgium where she completed a residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Liège. In 2010, she obtained a Master Degree in Veterinary Sciences. After her residency, she worked as a Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Liège. In February 2013, she was admitted as a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.
In January 2014, she moved to Sydney and started working at the UVTHS where she enjoys being involved in both undergraduate and graduate surgical training.
Her clinical interests include endoscopic surgery (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, arthroscopy) and urogenital surgery.
Her research interests focus on the application of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Stem Cells to repair and regenerate damaged tissues.
Dr Jack Neville-Towle – Resident in Small Animal Surgery
BVSc (Hons I)
Resident in Small Animal Surgery
Jack graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 and after a short stint of general small animal practice in Sydney’s northwest, Jack pursued a rotating internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Canada. During this time, he had exposure to a range of cases in internal medicine, emergency and surgery. Jack has maintained a keen interest in small animal surgery since he started his training and his time overseas solidified this passion. Whilst he enjoys the diversity that surgery offers, he has a particular interest in joint biomechanics and minimally invasive techniques. He intends to pursue research in these areas during the coming years.
BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)
Resident in Small Animal Surgery
Rachel graduated from the University of Sydney in 2009 and worked in private practice for 3 and a ½ years at various clinics in Sydney including the RSPCA Yagoona. She then started a rotating internship at the University of Sydney, then a surgical internship before starting a surgical residency. She completed her memberships in small animal surgery in 2014, and completed a post graduate certificate in veterinary studies in 2015. Rachel has also been involved in a clinical study with Dr Katja Voss involving a GAITrite pressure mat. Her spare time is mostly spent with her moggy, Prince.
Dr Michelle Joffe – Resident in Small Animal Surgery
Michelle graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012. She spent 18 months in general practice in Sydney’s west before returning to Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for a rotating internship. Michelle enjoys the university environment and has remained at Sydney University for a surgical residency. She has always had an interest in surgery particularly neurosurgery and minimally invasive techniques. At home, Michelle enjoys the company of her cat Aurora, who she adopted as a stray from her first job in western Sydney.
Dr Alastair Mair – Specialist in Small Animal Anaesthesia – Head of Anaesthesia
BVM&S Cert VA Diplomate ECVAA
Alastair graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2001. He initially spent two years in mixed practice in Scotland before undertaking a general internship at a private referral hospital in southern England. This lead to an internship in anaesthesia at the University of Bristol, followed by a residency at the University of Glasgow. Alastair came to Sydney in April 2012 to commence employment as registrar in anaesthesia. He holds the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia and is a Diplomate of ECVAA. Alastair is interested in all aspects of anaesthesia and critical care.
Dr Oriana Marchetti – Veterinary Registrar in Small Animal Anaesthesia
BVSc (hons) MVS MANZCVS (Anaesthesia and Critical Care)
Veterinary Anaesthesia Resident
Donna graduated from Sydney University. After graduation she worked in general and emergency practice in Australia, UK and Canada. On returning to Australia in 2011 Donna complete her Masters in Veterinary Studies at Murdoch University and worked as an Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian at a specialist hospital for several years. She then moved into Anaesthesia and has since become a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Anaesthesia and Critical Care chapter. She has started her Residency in Anaesthesia at the University in 2015.
Dr Beth McDonald
Dr Beth McDonald is a highly qualified and experienced Veterinary Dermatologist. She holds many qualifications, including: BVSc (Hons) 1988; Master in Veterinary Studies 1993; Member, ANZCVSc in Small Animal Medicine,1994; Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology 1998 and has been a registered Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology for many years. She enjoys the challenges of clinical dermatology and supports education of both undergraduates and practicing veterinarians. Dr McDonald has particular interests in the management of allergic dermatitis in the dog and cat; responsible use of antibiotics; autoimmune skin disease and management of diseases in our geriatric pets! Dr McDonald and her technician, Vokina Ng offer a compassionate and caring service to the community and their pets.
Dr Mariano Makara – Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging
Dr.med.vet. Dipl. ECVDI
Dr Makara earned his veterinary degree at the University of La Plata, Argentina. In January 2005, he began a radiology internship with Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine, under the guidance and direction of Dr. Joe Morgan where a significant part of his responsibilities included reading radiographs and performing ultrasound examinations. He then moved to the University of Zurich in Switzerland where he completed a residency program in diagnostic imaging and passed his certification exams for the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in March 2010. Following this he was promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich where he was responsible for each of the diagnostic modalities including diagnostic radiology, ultrasound, and CT in both small and large animals.
Dr Makara has also completed externships at the University of Bern and University of Wisconsin in order to gain additional skills in MRI and Nuclear Medicine. Since January 2011 he has served as an Associate Professor at St. George’s University.
His research interests have centred around computed tomography angiography, and he has completed research projects in thoracic computed tomography angiography contrast medium injection technique and use in diagnosis of infections with Angiostrongylus vasorum in dogs.
Dr Alex Young – Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging
BVSc (Hons 1) DACVR
Alex graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004. She completed a 1-year equine internship at Agnes Banks Equine Clinic, NSW Australia, before staying on as an ambulatory veterinarian. Alex subsequently worked in Equine Practice in the Northern Hemisphere at practices in the UK, France and the US. She then undertook 6 years of imaging training at the University of California, Davis; 2 years training in Large Animal Ultrasound with some of the world's top Equine Ultrasonographers, followed by 4 years training to be a specialist veterinary radiologist. Alex became a specialist radiologist and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2013 and we are excited to be able to utilize her prodigious skills in ultrasound and imaging at the Equine Performance and Imaging Centre.
Although trained as a veterinary radiologist for all species, Alex’s primary interest remains equine imaging and large animal musculoskeletal ultrasonography in particular. She thoroughly enjoys training practitioners in advanced ultrasound techniques, and she has regularly worked as an ultrasound workshop demonstrator at the largest veterinary conferences in America and Australia. Alex is excited about the opportunity to continue this educational role through the Equine Performance and Imaging Centre at Camden.
Dr Jennifer Chau – Resident in Diagnostic Imaging
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS GradDipVetClinStud (Small Animal Clinical Studies)
Jennifer has worked at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital of Sydney (UVTHS) since 2010 and is currently in her last year of training to become a specialist Veterinary Radiologist. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007 and worked as a general practitioner for 3 years in Western Sydney. During this period of time, Jennifer completed distant eduation courses in Small Animal Ultrasonography and Internal Medicine.
She then joined the staff at UVTHS as a post graduate intern and worked as an emergency veterinarian for 2 years while completing clinical training in Radiology and other specialist disciplines. Jennifer was awarded Membership in Veterinary Radiology in 2014 by the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She is set to complete her Masters of Veterinary Studies in 2016 and her thesis is on angiographic techniques for multi-phase computed tomography of the liver.
Jennifer enjoys working in a veterinary teaching hospital and helping undergradude veterinary students to achieve their learning goals. She also appreciates the opportunity to be amongst other experts in the field to engage in a multi-displinary approach to veterinary science.
Joanna Pilton – Resident in Diagnostic Imaging
BE (Hons) BVSc (Hons1) GradCertVetClinStud MANZCVS (SmAnMed, Radiology)
Jo graduated from The University of Sydney in 2007 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. After graduation, Jo worked in small animal private practice and with the RSPCA before travelling overseas to locum in the United Kingdom. Jo returned to the UVTHS to complete a small animal rotating internship and has since gained membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Science in small animal medicine and small animal radiology. Jo continued developing her skills and interest in diagnostic imaging whilst working as a private practice emergency clinician and with the UVTHS imaging department prior to commencing her residency and clinical Master’s degree in 2015. Jo’s is interested in all aspects of diagnostic imaging, particularly cross sectional imaging and is currently working on a research project involving contrast CT and biliary disease in cats.
Dr Timothy Foo – Resident in Diagnostic Imaging
BSc BVMS MANZCVS (Radiology)
Tim is our latest addition to the imaging family. A native of Western Australia, Tim has already achieved Australian Membership status in radiology and has a thirst for knowledge and all things radiology. Trained as a classical musician, Tim is meticulous and thorough in his approach to imaging and we look forward to working with him more as he grows into a budding radiologist. Tim is particularly interested in thoracic imaging and respiratory disease.
Dr Juan Podadera – Registrar in Medical Imaging
MedVet BVSc MANZCVS
Dr Podadera graduated in 1999 from La Plata University, Argentina. After being involved in Equine Practice in Australia and Argentina for 8 years and in association with the private industry and the University, Dr Podadera decided to undertake specialist radiology training.
Since 2002 most of his commitment to the profession has been attributed to equine imaging. In 2007, Dr Podadera started working with the first standing equine MRI unit in Australia and since then has been working to explore the clinical application to bring the best service to the practitioner. In 2008 Juan was involved in the development of a Nuclear Medicine facility in the UVTHC, which is currently offering services for large and small animals. In 2009, Dr Podadera started specialist training in radiology. Currently he is working in both teaching hospitals as a resident radiologist. Dr Podadera is enjoying residing in Australia and practicing with both large and small animals.
His particular interests are equine foot MRI, Nuclear Medicine and development of fusion technology for the combination of functional and morphological imaging. Juan is also passionate about building a working relationship with the practitioners. Please feel free to contact Dr Podadera on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are seeking imaging information or advice.
Helen Laurendet – Senior Radiographer
Helen has been employed by the Sydney University for the last twenty years. Her prior training covers St Vincent’s Hospital and several years spent at the St George Hospital. Helen is involved in teaching both, undergraduate and postgraduate students in diagnostic imaging. Helen is largely responsible for the radiography and fluoroscopy of both clinical and research cases; as well as quality control of images.
Dr Niek Beijerink – Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine
DVM PhD Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Cardiology)
Niek is a Utrecht (The Netherlands) graduate. After graduation in 2005 he started a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Utrecht University. Meanwhile, in 2007 he completed a PhD in canine reproductive endocrinology. Since 2010 Niek is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (sub-speciality Cardiology). Niek commenced employment at the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital in August 2011.
Dr Geoff Nicolson – Resident in Small Animal Medicine – Cardiology
BVSc (Hons 1)
Resident in Small Animal Cardiology
Geoff was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. He moved to Brisbane, Australia in 2007 where he completed his general veterinary training and a one year general rotating internship at the University of Queensland. In 2013 he started an ECVIM-accredited residency in small animal cardiology at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Dr Niek Beijerink. He is particularly interested in electrophysiology, arrhythmias and interventional cardiology.
Dr Peter Bennett – Specialist in Oncology & Internal Medicine
BVSc FANZCVS (Canine Medicine) DACVIM (Oncology, Small Animal Medicine)
Specialist in Oncology & Internal Medicine
Peter is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. After a period working in general practice, he undertook training in small animal medicine via a non-traditional route. His training was undertaken at Massey University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Tennessee and the University of Georgia. He then attained Fellowship status from the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists as well as Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Peter then moved to Purdue University in Indiana as a clinical instructor and in his time there attained his speciality qualification in Oncology.
On his return to Australia, Peter was one of the founding specialists of the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre. He has been involved in training residents in both Small Animal Internal Medicine and Veterinary Oncology. He is a tutor for the Centre for Veterinary Education at the University of Sydney as well as for the Masters of Veterinary Medicine program at Massey University.
Peter has moved to the University of Sydney to establish a comparative oncology program. To help establish collaborative research he has a part time appointment at the NHMRC clinical trials centre. Peter is an established author in the veterinary literature and presents at national and international meetings as an invited speaker.
Peter’s main interest is in advancing the compassionate care of pets with cancer and to improve their quality of life for as long as possible.
Dr Katrina Cheng – Oncology Resident
Katrina graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011. She started working in a busy small animal general practice in Hong Kong and subsequently worked as an emergency and critical care veterinarian at referral hospitals in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. She completed a rotating internship at a private referral hospital in Melbourne focusing on medical and surgical oncology. She attained Membership of the Small Animal Radiology Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2015. Her strong interest in oncology brought her back to UVTHS to undertake residency training under the supervision of Dr Peter Bennett. Katrina is interested in all aspects of oncology, particularly in lymphoma and palliative treatment. She is also currently undertaking research investigating the genetic aspect of lymphoma in Australian Border Collies.
Georgina Child – Senior lecturer, Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
BVSc , DACVIM (Neurology)
Georgina is a graduate of the University of Sydney(1980). After2 years in general practice in Perth and the UK she completed residency training in the specialty of neurology (and neurosurgery) at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California Davisin 1985 and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of neurology in 1987. She was a research associate in the Department of Clinical Studies and Biological Sciences, Colorado State University untilshe returned with her family to Australia and has been consultingin specialist practice in Sydney since 1995. Georgina has been a consultant specialist at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney and a lecturer in small animal medicine since 2008.
Georginagives regular presentations to veterinarians as part of continuing education programs throughout Australia , mentorsstudents, interns and residents in small animal practice and provides advice to many general practitionerswith the aim of helping them provide better information to owners regarding diagnostic and treatmentoptions for companion animals with neurologic disorders.
Dr Andrew O’Shea
Emergency & Critical Care
Mara Hickey, DVM – Head Emergency and Critical Care Service
Mara has been in the field of emergency and critical care medicine since 1996, first working as a veterinary assistant, and later obtaining certification as a veterinary technician. She graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Wisconsin in 2008 and pursued additional training at a private practice emergency referral hospital as well as at the University of California at Davis. In 2014, she completed a residency in emergency and critical care at a private practice in Los Angeles. She moved to Australia in May 2015 to head the emergency and critical care service. She has published articles on septic peritonitis, renal thromboembolism and cardiac disease, and toxicity associated with a urinary acidifier. Mara's interests include trauma, electrolyte and acid-base disturbances, respiratory emergencies and mechanical ventilation, and septic shock and vasopressor use. She has a goal of conducting clinical studies which will directly help private practitioners provide excellent care for emergency patients.
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